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Two Megamouth Sharks Filmed For First Time, And Scientists Suspect They’re Getting Jiggy

Meet the megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios). Despite being one of the biggest fish in the ocean, this species is famously elusive and little is known about its biology and life history. In fact, there have only been 273 total sightings since 1976 and two megamouth sharks have never been recorded together, until now.

On September 11, 2022, off the coast of San Diego, California, USA, two megamouth sharks were spotted together from a recreational fishing boat. Previously, only five free-swimming megamouth sharks have been reported (i.e. not as fishing bycatch or stranded) and this event marks the first time two of these ocean giants have been seen together.

The people fishing took short videos of their encounter and via social media, the sighting was passed on to scientists who analyzed the videos and interviewed the people on the boat.

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